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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. we have just learned of a confession after a gruesome discovery. dog sniffers finding bodies buried 12 feet down after four young men vanished. what the attorney for the man under arrest just revealed. president trump on the world stage asked about his son, don junior. and the russian lawyer who flew from moscow and went to trump tower. what the president said about his son, and what the president also said to the first lady of france, making headlines too. the newest republican plan to repeal and replace obamacare revealed tonight. reaction pouring in right now. what does it mean for seniors, i tions and medicaid that covers millions? at this hour, we're tracking storms about to hit from philly up through new york and new england. and a spot popular for american tourists watching
planes take off, and tonight, the deadly turn. a wife unable to hold on. the effort to save her. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and we begin with the breaking news. the gruesome discovery, and word coming in now of a confession. just moments ago, we learned the man under arrest has now confessed after four young men vanished just days ago outside philadelphia. the fbi and investigators on the scene discovering the bodies with help from cadaver dogs who detected the bodies buried some 12 feet below. abc's eva pilgrim is on the scene in bucks county, pennsylvania. >> reporter: tonight, new images of "person of interest" cosmo dinardo pointing a pistol. his stunning confession. >> he confessed to the murders of four young men. >> reporter: 24-year-old cosmo dinardo at mitting to the
murders after other remains were found on his family's farm in a makeshift grave. >> we had cadaver dogs and i don't understand the science behind it, but those dogs could smell these four boys 12 1/2 feet below the round. >> reporter: investigators had been digging at the 90-acre site outside philadelphia for days. authorities pieces together a time line linking dinardo to the disappearances. they say around 4:00 p.m., sturgis went to meet meo. four hours later, license plate readers spot the car, and meo and sturgis failed to show up to work the next day. the authorities found meo's car in this garage with meo's life-saving diabetes medication still inside. this comes as new images surface of dinardo pointing a pistol.
he told acquaintances he wasn't worried that dean fin car owe hadn't turned up. >> and eva joins us live from bucks county, pennsylvania, and you are hearing how they got to confession today? >> reporter: that's right, david. dinardo making a deal, telling the d.a. where to find those bodies under the promise he wouldn't face the death penalty. his lawyer saying he felt deep remorse and was emotional, but still no motive in this case, david. >> eva pilgrim covering this case from the start. next tonight here, president trump is in paris on the world stage and answering questions about hissen so, don junior. arriving with the first lady, the invitation of the president of fraps, and the president was asked about that meeting his son agreed to. told he was getting dirt on hillary clinton with help from the russian government. the president's answer and what he also said today to the first lady of france. it's making headlines tonight. abc's cecilia vega traveling with the president.
♪ >> reporter: a ceremonial welcome in paris today. but the president's bastille day getaway overshadowed by why his son met with a woman who was told was a russian government lawyer. at that press conference today, we asked. mr. president, your fbi nominee said if someone in a campaign got an e-mail about russia like the one that your son don junior received, that they should alert the fbi, rather than accept that meeting. is he wrong? also, were you misled by your team in not knowing about this meeting? >> my son is a wonderful young man. he took a meeting with a russian lawyer. not a government lawyer, but a russian lawyer. it was a short meeting. i think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. it's called opposition research or even research into your
poebt. >> reporter: br in those e-mails, it was crystal clear. don junior agreed to meet with a quote, russian government attorney, who he was told had incriminating information on hillary clinton. information described to don junior as part of russia and its government's support for mr. trump. >> nothing came of the meeting, and i think it's a meeting that most people in politics probably would have taken. >> reporter: in paris, trump's newfound friendship with the french president on display, but it wasn't always that way. >> congratulations. great job. >> reporter: starting with that handshake tug of war during their first meeting. not to mention, the president's repeated paris bashing. >> i have a friend who used to like france. used to. the city of lights. paris. paris. and i said, jim, let me ask you a question. how's paris doing? paris? i don't go there anymore. paris is no longer paris. >> reporter: today, the french press pounced. >> you have mentioned a friend, jim, we told you that paris is
no longer paris. you were implying at the time that paris is not safe anymore. those are strong words. would you repeat them today? >> you better let me answer that one first. that's a beauty. it's going to be just fine because you have a great president. you have somebody that's going to run this country right, and i'm coming back. you better do a good job, please. otherwise you will make me look very bad. >> reporter: in fact, the president dished out the compliments today during a tour of the site of rarkting on the the first lady's figure it, and tonight b, dinner in the eiffel tower par far away from the drama back in washington. >> and cecilia vega joins us from paris, and cecilia, the president answering your question about his son and the meeting with the russian lawyer, and back here in the u.s., a top republican senator now says he wants don junior to testify as
early as next week? >> reporter: chuck grassley on the senate judiciary committee wants to hear from don junior, and he said he would be willing to testify in asked, and we know his father feels the same way. if don junior wants to testify, he should. >> cecilia vega from paris tonight. thank you. in the meantime, major developments of capitol hill tonight. the new republican plan to repeal and replace obamacare, but how would it affect seniors in the country? people with preexisting conditions, and medicaid, which covers millions of americans? abc's mary bruce tonight with how many republican senators who have already said no. >> reporter: at home -- [ chanting ] and on capitol hill. senate republicans have been getting an earful for weeks. and tonight, a new healthcare bill. but the same old problem, can it get the votes to pass? to appease conservatives, the new version would allow insurers to offer cheaper bare bones plans that don't cover essential health benefits.
it could bring down costs for some. and it's enough to move at least one no vote to a yes. >> if this is the bill, are you on board? >> yes. >> reporter: but critics worry americans that need the most care, like people with pre-existing conditions could end up paying a lot more. under this bill, so could seniors. it also leaves in place those deep cuts to medicaid, initially projected to be nearly $800 billion. >> we're talking about the health infrastructure in rural america and some of our most vulnerable citizens. >> reporter: to try and sway other moderates the new version keeps two obamacare taxes on the wealthy, includes $70 billion that could be used to help reduce premiums and adds $45 billion to fight the opioid epidemic. but right now, two republicans say they're voting no. just one more no vote would sink the bill and president trump is warning that can't happen. >> i will be very angry about it
and a lot of people will be very upset. but i'm sitting waiting for that bill to come to my desk. >> mary bruce with us live from the him tonight, and mary, this new plan hasn't been scored as they say in washington, meaning, we don't know how many more americans could be uninsured under this bill or its impact under the premiums. what's the time line for the scoring? >> reporter: we expect to get that fuller picture from the congressional budget office on monday. gop leaders say they want to move to a vote next week, but tonight, it's unclear if they will have the votes to even have that vote. just one more no, and republicans' signature promise to repeal and replace obamacare will once again be out of reach, david. >> mary, thank you. we have new reporting tonight on that young american attacked and killed in greece. bakari henderson, celebrating his college graduation. he was sorry occasioning on a greek island with friends, and surveillance video showing him being chase asked beaten by a mob. police say as many as 15 people may have been involved and nine
have already been charged. next to the severe storms hitting at this hour. from philadelphia up into new york and new england. a state of emergency in wisconsin. flash flooding and rivers in record levels there. the national guard called in. roads underwater across several states after half a foot of rain. abc's alex perez from the storm zone tonight. >> reporter: tonight, drivers caught in flash floods from ohio to new york. >> we're coming upon them and pushing 'em out, but we're trying to cut off everything right now. >> reporter: parts of the midwest reeling, half a foot of rain in just hours wednesday north of chicago. floodwaters busting through a basement window, racing into this wisconsin home. the governor declaring a state of emergency, on scene today. >> for something this big, it's remarkable not only is there not a fatality, but that there hasn't been serious injury. >> reporter: across the border in illinois, floodwaters rising, fish swimming in the tweets.
residents racing to fill sandbags to protect their town from what could be record flooding. more than 100 homes and businesses already damaged. and david, here in burlington, wisconsin, residents are desperate for the water to recede. take a look from above. with help from our drone, you can see in some areas the streets and river have become one, and the river here expected to be a major flood stage through saturday. david? >> still rising through saturday. alex, our thanks to you. let's get to meteorologist rob marciano tracking it for us as the storms are on the move. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. here in new york, we have been surrounded by strong thunderstorms all oompb public look at theory dar. thunderstorms north of philadelphia and new jersey. and in some cases, record heat fueling these storms and high humidity just piling onto that flood threat, especially in ohio and western new york. we have this front that will be on the move tomorrow, and another round expected. the zone being richmond, d.c.,
and the peninsula, and then it looks like quieter and cooler weather for the northeast this weekend. david? >> rob, tough weather, but great to have you. in the meantime, next tonight to what the justice department is calling the biggest health care fraud takedown in u.s. history. much of it focused on opioid abuse. 412 people arrested across the country, including 56 doctors. 120 of them for opioid related crimes. the suspects billing the government $1.3 billion in false claims. attorney general jeff sessions blasting the suspects for fueling the country answer opioid crisis, which takes 33,000 lives every year. we turn next here this evening to an american family looking for answers after the death of their daughter while they were all on vacation in mexico. she and her brother were found unconscious in a hotel pool. she later died. here's abc's senior national correspondent, matt gutman, tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a family from wisconsin is seeking answers about their daughter's mysterious death in mexico. >> somebody needs to pay for this. somebody needs to be held responsible for this.
somebody got to my kids. >> reporter: hours after the family arrived at this five-star resort in playa del carmen, mexico, in january, seen here in a promotional video. the family says 20-year-old abby conner, and her 23-year-old brother austin were last seen drinking by the pool. the mother says the two were late to meet her when a hotel staffer told her the children had been found unconscious, face down in the pool. the family says austin suffered a concussion and that abby was airlifted to a florida hospital, where she later died. >> she was healthy, but for some reason, she drowns in a pool, waist-deep. it's unbelievable. >> reporter: tonight, abby's father, who wasn't on the trip says his son can't remember how they ended up in the water. mexican authorities ruled it an accidental drowning. abby and austin's blood alcohol level was reportedly three times the legal limit in their state. the family believes there are witness accounts missing from that mexican police report, the biggest question is how both of those kids ended up in the water at the same time. david.
>> matt gutman with us tonight. thank you, matt. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the popular tourist spot for americans watching plains take off tonight, taking a deadly turn. unable to hold on. the desperate effort to save her. there are new developments after that driver ram sbood a crowded sidewalk in the middle of times square. we'll have new reporting. and take aing loo at this atm tonight. the note posted was an urgent plea from the man trapped inside. how did this happen? as we continue. hey... are you happy that you switched? yes - their network reliability is within 1% of verizon and our unlimited plan is half what you pay with verizon for a family of four. half? you could save over $1000 in the first year! they've been ripping us off! just think what you could do with that money. i'd buy a new set of golf clubs. vacation. (vo) unlimited! $22.50 per month per line. don't let a 1% difference cost you twice as much. switch to sprint today online or in one of our for people with hearing loss,
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a 7:57-year-old woman killed after losing her grip on this famous fence close to the end of a runway in saint martins. authorities say she was there to feel the jet blast that can reach 100 miles an hour when these planes take off. >> the compulsion pushed her backwards, she tripped, fell and as a result of the impact, she was wounded fatally. >> reporter: a witness recording the desperate attempts to revive her. but she died at the hospital. the island famous for having a beach so close to the airport, with planes buzzing. several people have been hurt over the years, including this similar incident in 2012, when a tourist was thrown into the same retaining wall. >> i think that sometimes there's a situation where sometimes people might not be aware of the power that the engines might have. >> reporter: it's not illegal, but numerous warning signs are posted along this road. david, authorities say the woman killed was there with her husband, and it wasn't their first time on the island, david. >> kayna whitworth. kay narks thank you.
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florida. >> reporter: oranges trucked to tropicana's processing plant. and who knew it was all started by an italian immigrant, anthony rossi. his goal? getting fresh squeezed orange juice to grocery stores and kitchen tables across america. and all these years later, we can still find it right there on the shelves. the cold room, the most popular room on a hot summer day. >> becca, hi. good to see you. >> how are you, good to see you too. >> you're at the coldest part of the store. >> reporter: becca kerr says everyone there at tropicana is proud of anthony and his bright idea. he was the one who came up with pasteurizing the juice, right? >> that's right, and that's what allows you to take it beyond the grove. >> and those groves? >> they are great more making juice. california is great for eating and florida oranges are the best for jewing. >> reporter: we went to find them in sarasota, florida, where rick turner has been on the farm for 33 years. >> orange juice is made in p florida. that's it. the florida citrus growers are proud of that. >> reporter: 900 workers juice and bottle them. >> families have worked here, and generations of people have worked here. >> reporter: for 20 years, now
fruit operations manager. >> it's something that you know that you made, it makes your whole family proud, right? >> reporter: 2.5 million bottles a day shipped across the country. >> it goes out to the entire country. >> reporter: the dream of that italian immigrant stu alive tonight. three words in mind. >> made in america. >> made in america, and another great one coming here next week. in the meantime, i'm david muir. i'll see you in the morning on "gma" and right back here tomorrow night. good night. and that breaking news is
out of sonoma county where a small plane has crashed. one person was killed, three others including two children have been rushed to the hospital. good afternoon, thanks for joining us. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. the plane crashed south of sonoma not par from the sonoma skyway park. two of the three survivors were taken to children's hospital in oakland. that's wherely ann lee an mele live. >> reporter: the fire dispatcher is telling media outlets that some of the survivors were brought to children's hospital, oakland. the hospital is not confirming that information. now we're going to show you sky 7 video of the scene. this happened at about 12:45 in the afternoon. a private plane took off from the sonoma sky park airport. it almost immediately crashed, went down about a thousand feet from the airport, so very, very
close. the plane had four passengers. the sonoma county sheriff's office has confirmed that one person is dead. the three other passengers were transported to local hospitals via helicopters. now, immediately after the crash, fire and emergency medical personnel were brought in. the crash site we are told was 258 san louis road. it's today early to say what caused the plane to crash, we have no idea if it had engine trouble or anything like that. that's something that the faa will investigate. we're told also that investigators are on the scene -- well, no, sorry, that they are on the way to the scene. now, we're here at children's hospital, again, because we were told that the children were transported to this hospital, but again no confirmation from